Solidarity message to EHRC strikers from Mark Serwotka

18 May 2017

Our general secretary has sent a message of support during the first week of a rolling programme of strike action by members at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The strike action in Glasgow from Monday to Friday this week will be followed over the next three weeks by strikes in London, Cardiff and Manchester.  The strike action is part on an ongoing dispute over cuts to budgets and jobs and now includes the demand to reinstate eight workers who have been sacked.

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said:

“I send my solidarity to all those on strike today and over the coming days. The EHRC has treated its own workers reprehensibly and continues to refuse to work with us to resolve the situation they have created. We will not accept this.

“We will not stop in our fight for the rights and jobs of our members and all those who work at the EHRC, and we will continue to defend the vital work you do protecting the rights of others.

“That we are in this situation at the government body charged with upholding human rights and fair treatment in our society is an outrage and members at the EHRC have the union’s full support.”

Strong support for strike action

After a wet start to the week, the last two days have seen sunny picket lines with support from local union branches, Disabled People Against the Cuts, a Labour councillor and the Labour candidate for the local constituency.

On Wednesday night a benefit gig was held at Broadcast in Glasgow city centre, which attracted a great crowd and support. All money made by the band Dirty Hepburns is being donated to the strike fund.

Parliamentary engagement

PCS Scotland staff met with Christina McKelvie MSP to explain the dispute, how it has escalated and what we are asking for to end the dispute. The meeting will be followed up with a letter to Ms McKelvie, in her capacity as Convenor of the Scottish Parliament Equalities and Human Rights Committee, with a full update.

How you can help

  • Share this story with your colleagues at work
  • Follow @savetheehrc on Twitter and use #reinstatethe8 and #sackedbyemail
  • Send a message of support to londonbargaining@pcs.org.uk
  • Make a donation to our Fighting Fund which is used to support our members who take strike action. 

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